Etherstack Partners with Samsung on MCPTT over LTE
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 | Comments

Etherstack entered a global agreement with Samsung Electronics to deliver next-generation mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) over LTE solutions to telecommunications carriers and governments across the globe, using Etherstack’s digital LMR softswitching technologies embedded within Samsung’s network solutions.

The partnership combines Etherstack’s two decades of experience in digital LMR and PTT softswitching with Samsung’s latest mobile network offerings to carriers for public-safety communications used by first responders such as police, fire and emergency medical technician officers.

Etherstack licenses wireless technologies for the LMR industry and develops wireless products for digital radio communications standards including Project 25 (P25), TETRA and Digital Mobile Radio (DMR). During the past 25 years, more than 20 wireless equipment manufacturers have licensed LMR technologies from Etherstack for use in their products.

“Etherstack has been quietly working with Samsung over the past 12 months developing secure and efficient solutions to integrate public-safety networks used by first responders to next-generation cellular networks,” said Etherstack CEO David Deacon. “We have thoroughly enjoyed working with this global leader to solve via innovation and existing Etherstack standards-based technology the intractable interoperability problems that have plagued the LMR industry for decades. In Samsung, we have a partner committed to open standards-based solutions for the LMR industry.”

MCPTT over LTE is an emerging cellular standard that provides public safety grade PTT solutions within 4G and 5G cellular networks. Demand for MCPTT services and equipment by telecommunications carriers and end user agencies has increased steadily during the past few years and is expected to rise rapidly during the next three to four years, a statement said.

Samsung Networks is a pioneer in the delivery of 4G and 5G end-to-end networks solutions and used by carriers in numerous countries.

“We recognized Etherstack’s unique technologies and experience in the global LMR market, so they were the obvious choice to partner with in the MCPTT market,” said Wonil Roh, senior vice president and head of product strategy, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics. “Etherstack’s global footprint in mission-critical markets and innovative technologies, as well as its commitment to open standards, will allow us to deliver premier solutions to the world’s mobile carriers for MCPTT.”

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